Well, it finally happened. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong on Friday night as the Indians got absolutely annihilated by the Miami Marlins 10-0. The loss ended the Tribe’s eight game winning streak and, to make matters worse, dropped them back to three games behind the Tigers in the Central and a four-way tie in the AL Wild Card race. But hey, things could be worse. Right?
Things got off to a rough start from the very get go. Miami dropped a three spot on the board in the bottom of the first no thanks to an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. His misplay of Giancarlo Stanton‘s would be double play ground ball extended the inning and allowed the flood gates to open. Following the error, Logan Morrison doubled, Donovan Solano grounded out, and Adeiny Hechavarria singled. 3-0 Marlins and that was only the beginning.
Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only four innings and allowed five runs total. Bryan Shaw and Marc Rzepczynski performed admirably in relief. They shut down the Marlins over the next three innings and kept things reasonably close. Unfortunately, in the bottom of the eighth Matt Albers entered the game and promptly served up five runs on seven hits. With the Marlins up 10-0 the game was essentially out of reach heading into the ninth.
Of course, for the first eight innings the Indians had to deal with pitching phenom Jose Fernandez. The rookie, who was promoted at the beginning of the season directly from A-Ball, shut the Indians completely down. He allowed just three hits over the course of eight spectacular innings of work. The Indians had no answers as Fernandez weaved his way in and out of each inning relatively unscathed. There was a lot of hype surrounding Fernandez and having finally seen him in person for the first time… the hype is warranted.
The Good: A 10-0 beat down at the hands of the Miami Marlins. There was nothing good that came from watching that game last night. But, after winning 8 games in a row a speed bump was sure to be expected at some point.
The Bad: Everything. The Indians played sloppy, they didn’t hit, and they didn’t pitch well. It was just an all around bad game. These things happen. As long as the Indians can move on from this and not let one bad loss turn into five or six losses in a row they will be OK.